One of the things I think sets this site apart from others who look at education technology is that I also look at other technology that will affect education in the farther future. I’m not as interested in what is coming next year, as what is coming in 5-10 years. One of the big topics I sometimes blog on is Augmented Reality.
Augmented Reality is being able to merge the Internet with the real world, directly in your field of vision. Google has a number of research projects going (including self driving cars) and a video on their Augmented Reality project was just released.
While the first versions will be primitive, I’m sure in a few more years they will be very practical. Not only that, but once they release a software API for it, developers will be able to create Apps, and come up with uses that Google never thought of.
I’m sure at this point you expect me to talk about how these glasses will disrupt education right? Nope.
The video above was released by Google only two days ago and yet if you look at YouTube there are already dozens of parody videos!
The first one came out less than 24 hours after the original video.
These are being done by creative people with low cost equipment. They aren’t getting paid for it, they just are inspired.
I want to see an online market for educational videos when anyone can post a video about any topic. Users would subscribe to the site and producers would get paid based on the number of views. Educational content in the future could be created from the students themselves. This is the power of the Internet. Connecting content creators with consumers. Teachers with students. You don’t need a school to do that.